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Monday, July 07, 2008

A Fable

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Received an interesting fable, share share:

(Note : A fable is a brief tale having a moral)


A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

What food might this contain? The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mouse-trap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warnings:

There is a mouse-trap in the house!

There is a mouse-trap in the house!

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is ofno consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mouse-trap in the house! There is a mouse-trap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mouse-trap in the house!There is a mouse-trap in the house!"

The cow said, "Wow, Mr Mouse. I am sorry for you but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mouse-trap alone.

That very night a sound was headr throughout the house -- like the sound of a mouse-trap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught,

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died.

So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse look upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remeber -- when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Remember, each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry; Our lives are woven toghther for a reason.

One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend.


If you like this tale, you may also want to read about The Cookie Thief

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  • At Monday, July 07, 2008 7:11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


  • At Tuesday, July 08, 2008 10:31:00 AM , Blogger Mockingbird said...

    Do you have any friends who likes to bug you for favors and help? And if you don't help him, he gets angry with you and acts as if you owe him a living.

    We all have to help ourselves. When we ask our friends for help or favor, we don't impose on them that they must help us. But there are certain people who like to bug their friends for help and get upset when their friends refuse to help them as if their friends owe them anything in life at all.

    What could the animals in the farm do to help the mouse? Steal the mouse-trap away and destroy it?

  • At Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:29:00 PM , Blogger Old Beng said...


    I do have friends asking for help quite often but as years go by and age catching up on me, I am now able to say "No" more easier.

  • At Tuesday, July 08, 2008 6:35:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    whoo! another nice story.

  • At Tuesday, July 08, 2008 9:24:00 PM , Blogger (T) (H) (B) said...

    Problems go in 1 big round. It's only a matter of time we all tio dai ji???

    Anw lao beng, u got see me with the kids the other day???? Did I bump into u??!!!

  • At Wednesday, July 09, 2008 1:53:00 AM , Blogger FML said...

    perhaps it's a good moral about our environment issues. How destruction in one area have an effect on others later. And how cooperation & help amongst could have caused this butterfly effect.

  • At Wednesday, July 09, 2008 1:54:00 AM , Blogger FML said...

    oops! ... i mean could have avoid this butterfly effect

  • At Wednesday, July 09, 2008 11:52:00 AM , Blogger Old Beng said...

    You like? :)

    Maybe you are right, in times to come, everybody will tio dai ji so everyone must try to be por-active.

    No la, me and my cha-bo-lang did not see you with all the kids that day, we were there on different days.

    Hmmm, can ponder on your views, thanks for sharing.


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